Bacon, Brie, and Blueberry Grilled Cheese



Recipe Info


Difficulty: Easy
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 1 Sandwich
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 15 min

Ingredients


  • 4oz Brie Cheese
  • 2oz (¼ Cup) Blueberry Jam
  • 2 Pieces Cooked Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon Softened Butter
  • 2 Slices Sourdough or Good White Bread

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Directions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Thinly slice the brie cheese.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium heat.
  4. Lay out all your ingredients so you’re ready to assemble. Spread butter on one side of a piece of bread. Spread blueberry jam on the other side.
  5. Place the bread, butter side down, on the hot skillet and repeat with the second piece of bread.
  6. Place brie slices on both pieces of bread in a single layer. Then add the bacon strips on one side only, breaking into pieces if necessary.
  7. When the bread is golden brown close the sandwich and transfer the hot pan into the oven until the cheese is melted.
  8. Cut the sandwich and serve while still warm. Enjoy!

Note: If cooking more than one sandwich, transfer the sandwich to a sheet pan and repeat steps 1-6 before transferring all sandwiches to the oven so that they finish at the same time.


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Make It...


  1. Vegetarian: Yes! Just omit the bacon and add some basil leaves and balsamic reduction!
  2. Gluten Free: Yes! Use your favorite gluten-free bread!
  3. Meal Prep: Follow these steps if you want to prep ahead of time:

    1. Cook your bacon and slice the cheese ahead of time.
    2. If you want to get real “preppy” you can actually build the entire sandwich (Don’t butter the outside) a day in advance and then just butter and griddle it.

Savannah Says...


  1. Do I have to finish the sandwich in the oven?

    1. I bet you eat cold pizza don't you???

      Not at all, you can finish your grilled cheese right on the pan. Just keep the heat low enough that the cheese melts while the bread doesn’t burn.

  2. What if I don’t have butter?

    1. Nobody panic!

      You can easily use oil, butter just gives it a little extra flavor. Just do me a favor and don’t tell me about it if you use margarine or you will get an accidental earful about why butter is better.

  3. I’m feeling fancy, what other "B’s" can I add?

    1. It's already the Bee's Knees, however...

      I highly recommend adding a bit of balsamic reduction and some basil leaves if they happen to be floating around your kitchen. This sandwich is great on its own but if you’re feeling fancy you cannot go wrong with balsamic.

Ramblings of a Line Cook

This grilled cheese transports me back to our summer in Maine last year. The taste of Maine blueberries and the local jam they produce, the salty sea air whipping across your face as you near the rocks at Cape Elizabeth, staring out at the lighthouse while a storm rolled in and feeling the cold rain seep through my hoodie.

I had the privilege of working for Bite Into Maine for the first month we were there, slinging lobster rolls on their food truck at Fort Williams Park. On the rare, slow afternoon that early in the season we sat with our hot coffee thermoses looking out over the ocean and shooing off Jerry, the big seagull that would steal a lobster roll out of your hands without an ounce of remorse.

Eventually, I got offered a line cook position at a little Italian Bistro and I left for the opportunity to learn to cook from an Italian. But Bite Into Maine remains one of my most recommended places to visit. This Bacon Brie and Blueberry Grilled Cheese is inspired from their menu as well as the Butter Grilled Shrimp Roll.

This special grilled cheese you can only get at their commissary location in Scarborough, and it is such a treat. The owners and staff of Bite Into Maine are wonderful people and I cannot encourage you enough to support them and treat yourself to an amazing lobster roll and some clam chowder when you visit Maine.

But to sooth the pain of not being in Maine this summer, I hope this sandwich can stand in as a reminder of the amazing summer that was had and the amazing people that work really hard to make that state “Vacation Land” for the rest of us.

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